ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: ABC & 123's Summer Prize Picnic

Thursday, May 21, 2009

ABC & 123's Summer Prize Picnic

It may be awhile until the official calendar start of summer, but the weather is already heating up. We're all starting to bring out the flip flops and shorts. The kids getting will be out of school soon, so we thought we'd get a jump on summer and kick off our big summer celebration! We're so excited to share with you the big announcement we've been alluding to!

You're Invited:

To ABC & 123's Summer Prize Picnic!
A season's worth of educational resources and enticing prizes!

We'll provide the main dish at our weekly picnics, we've got goodies galore to giveaway!

We'd like YOU to help us by bringing the side dishes, your excellent learning activities!

And together, we'll be sharing conversations during our weekly summer feature, Picnic Table Talk!

Favorite beverage & a lounge chair optional!

We'll Have at our Prize Picnic:
~Weekly giveaways
~Introduction to new resources
~Weekly Picnic Table Talk conversation starters and sharing with Mr. Linky
~The chance to get to know each other, the fabulous men and women, who read and contribute to this Learning Cooperative!

Prize Picnic Details
Monday:Previous week's giveaway winner announced
Tuesday: New resource introduced
Wednesday: Weekly thematic post
Thursday:Picnic Table Talk link party
Friday: Alternating Fun Friday & Alphabet features

Our first Picnic Table Talk link party will be next week, and we'd love for you to join us by scheduling an introduction post on your own blogs. It's your chance to welcome us to your home in blogland and let us know all about you and your family. Use this post to feature some of your favorite links from your archives too. Be ready to come back a week from today, May 28th, to link up.

Some more suggestions for your introduction:
~About you & your family
~How long have you been reading ABC & 123?
~How did you come up with your blog title
~What types of activities do you most enjoy doing with your children?
~What is your favorite picnic activity and food?
~What are your summer plans?

We'll let you know the topic for each Picnic Table Talk post ahead of time so you'll have time to plan your posts or search your archives. We'd like a lot of participation and lots of links each week! We know you already have common interests and we'd love for to create more community here on ABC & 123. This is your chance to meet and greet everyone, make new friends, and show yourself off! Please join in!

As you can see, we've got a ton of fun planned this summer, so be sure to check in each week! The only thing that could make the picnic more exciting is PRIZES. We've lined up some fantastic companies to join in and sponsor this event! Come back each week to find out about our featured sponsor and their giveaway! We encourage you to visit and support all of our sponsors!

Sponsored By:

Baby Love Blankies
Cotton Top Quilts
Nest Kids
It's The Small Things
Daily Whisper
Beauty in Backlight
Zooples & Co.
And Then...
Counting Bunnies
Polliwog Learning Products


Two Little Monkeys

See Kai Run

Would you like to see your company's name up there?
If you have a product you would like for us to review during the Prize Picnic, contact us today! We'd love to take a look at your items, suggest great ways to use the items with our families, and host your giveaway!

Invite Your Friends to ABC & 123's Summer Prize Picnic!
To help spread the word & build excitement we are asking you to become an official picnic participant! All you need to do is grab the Prize Picnic button and post it somewhere on your site. Doing so will even earn you an extra entries in each week's giveaway!

If you do not have a blog you are still welcome to participate. Other entry requirements for each week's giveaway will vary.

We would also like to take a moment to THANK YOU for the great submissions that have been coming in this week! We really appreciate them all. We were also thrilled to be able to put our effort into kicking off the Prize Picnic instead of filling our posts this week. Thank you!

From those of you who made submissions we have drawn 2 winners for the Dr. Sear's books.

Commenter #4 - Life of a Dairy Queen
Commenter #8 - Letters, Numbers and Books

Please email us with your mailing information and we will send your books on their way!


  1. This summer is the best time to join educational programs that will teach in keeping Kids Safe without Fear. A bonding experience that the whole family will enjoy.

  2. How fun. I can't wait to check out everyone's blogs.

  3. neat-o idea. Just more to keep us all very busy!! I love all the easy crafting ideas I can find. Thanks!

  4. HOW AWESOME! I will so sign up too:) You girls think of everything! I'd love to be a sponsor as well; and donate something/s from Creative Memories! We have LOTS of new CUTE kids stuff to help the mommies doll up their kiddo's scrapbooks real cute:) You can email me if you want more info on what I am thinking of...

    Thanks again! Can't wait for this to begin:)

    Noelle ♥

  5. How fun I can't wait to see all the blogs that link up.

  6. This summer will be a hit. I can't wait to know more people.


  7. yay! I'm so excited to win the Dr. Sears book!! Thank you :) looking forward to the summer picnics!

  8. I tried to grab a button and it's not working right. It looks weird (has the scroll down box) and links to the wrong place.

  9. I just put the button on my blog. Take out the < /textarea>
    < textarea> at the end.

  10. Wait, your button is linking to the wrong blog.

    Fix it to say:

    abcand123, not abc123.

    Hope that helps.

  11. This sounds fabulous! Count me in! :)

  12. yippee!!! I'm soo excited about the book! :)

    This sounds like alot of fun!

  13. I'm really looking forward to getting some new ideas!


  14. Thanks for all of your comments on the prize picnic. Thank you also to those of you who commented on the button. I think that all the kinks have been worked out of it as of 8:30 PM 5/21. If, however, you tried to grab the button before then please try again as the other one was not linking correctly and will give you a goofy looking/unnecessary text box.
    Sorry! Katie

  15. I have found your blog following the link from The Wonder Years, and I am very excited to join The Picnic (and hopefully contribute some posts going forward)

  16. Hey Ladies! I am ready for the Prize Picnic fun to begin! (I am a little belated on commenting - thanks to the blogger keeping me from logging in!) I am grabbing the button and posting about it Monday